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Liberty fall to Mercury in season finale, end on 13-game losing streak

Liberty's Kia Nurse shoots from three-point range against

Liberty's Kia Nurse shoots from three-point range against the Fever at the Westchester County Center on Aug. 4. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

PHOENIX  — DeWanna Bonner had 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Liberty, 96-85, on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams, sending the Liberty to their 13th straight loss.

Stephanie Talbot added 18 points, and Diana Taurasi had 16. The fifth-seeded Mercury (20-14) will host the eighth-seeded Dallas Wings on Tuesday night in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

Phoenix took the lead for good late in the first half and extended the 19-3 run into the third quarter for a 63-49 lead. The Mercury then built to their largest lead at 80-59 and kept the advantage in double digits the rest of the way.

Kia Nurse had 22 of her 28 points in the first half for the Liberty (7-27). Rebecca Allen added 15 points, and Kiah Stokes had 12 points and nine rebounds.

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